Diamond, David, National Medal of Arts, 1995
Hopes for new strides in imagination and craftsmanship
"The Past is already a mountain high monument of aesthetic achievement. The Future will surely be equaled by accomplishment both mature and communicative. This century we are leaving has been overloaded with experimentation and in some cases, fraud. The new century should not be obsessed with a search for the new, the newest. Instead, its finest creative spirits should nourish rather than search for new and newer beauties. America will be the richer and more refined because of this. Innovation has built-in limitations. But imagination and craftsmanship will hold our new century fast in its finest creative values and Man's spirit will soar."